After the soaring success of London 2012, many sports that may have been something of a mystery to most before the summer have been thrust into the limelight. One of the most notable examples is Beach Volleyball. Certain organisations, such as Go Mammoth, help to get people involved in some of these overlooked sports and offer a range of services, from Netball to the more popular sports, such as Football. Beach Volleyball is a sport that the organisation seeks to improve and offers a number of clinics, formats and opportunities for those wishing to get involved.
The rules are relatively straightforward; the court is split in two halves by a large net and each team has two players on each side. The objective is to punch the ball over the net and have it hit the ground on the other side before the opposing team is able to send it back over, just as in regular Volleyball. The team is allowed to have three touches of the ball before it must be sent over the net.
The scoring system in Beach Volleyball differs slightly to regular Volleyball as it’s played to the best of three sets (with 21 being the deciding point) and players are allowed to block at the net whilst this is not a legal move in regular Volleyball.
Another significant part of Beach Volleyball is the fact that players are allowed to move under the net dividing the two halves as long as they are not interfering with their opponent’s play.
Hitting the Ball
The ball has to be hit and can touch any part of the body. This means that it must not be caught or thrown. The ball must also be hit cleanly, meaning that players must meet the ball with both hands at the same time.
Returning a serve, which is usually driven in at pace, means that there is allocation for a slight lift of the ball, but usually, a double-hit of first contact is not allowed. When attacking over the net, it is illegal to ‘soft dink’ or to hit it with an open palm. The ball must be cleanly hit by the hand. If a player manages to block the ball as it comes over the net, this counts as part of their three moves.
There is usually an official refereeing the game and most will understand the differences between beach and regular Volleyball. The court is slightly smaller as well to accommodate the reduced amount of players.